Legal weed? Officials say smoking incense ‘rampant’ but poses health risks

From TheTownTalk:

It goes by many names — spice, incense, MoJo, Orange Blaze, K2, legal weed. And while the intended purpose of the product is to burn for a “robust aroma,” area teens — like teens across the country — are smoking it to get high.

In the last few weeks, one emergency room doctor alone has treated at least four teens who experienced serious complications from smoking the completely legal — yet completely unregulated — product.

Giroir said the symptoms presented by those who came to the emergency room included blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, and some even were passed out. He said all the patients they’ve seen at Rapides have been lucky enough to have their symptoms resolve themselves after a few hours. Doctors aren’t sure how to treat the problems since it’s unclear exactly what is in the product.

EDPMA Collaborates with SAEM

From the Emergency Department Practice Management Association:

The Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) continually strives to ensure that the unique role of emergency medical care is well-supported by appropriate systems, processes, and resources. As part of this effort, it is critical to coordinate efforts with like-minded organizations.

In the spirit of collaboration and shared organizational objectives, EDPMA is proud to be co-sponsoring the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) 2010 Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Consensus Conference Beyond Regionalization: Integrated Networks of Emergency Care. The conference will take place on June 2, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona, preceding the SAEM 2010 Annual Meeting.

For the first time, the AEM Consensus Conference has expanded the opportunity of co-sponsorship to the American College of Emergency Physicians and EDPMA, and the conference will bring together the researchers, practitioners, and facilitators of emergency medical care. Attendees will also include state and federal agencies and national organizations from the spectrum of emergency care. The purpose of the conference is to “systematically and proactively plan a 21st century emergency care delivery system for the U.S.” in response to the Institute of Medicine’s call for the promotion of “regionalized, coordinated, and accountable emergency care systems”. This conference plans to develop a research agenda that answers the critical questions, such as “Where are the gaps in knowledge?”, and “How can those gaps be filled?”

EDPMA believes strongly in the goals of this conference, and as such, EDPMA will be actively involved with SAEM to promote the outcomes from this conference, including disseminating the conference proceedings, and promoting a white paper schedule for publication in the December 2010 Academic Emergency Medicine journal. I encourage you to find out more about this event at the SAEM website, and follow us as we work with SAEM to research, develop, and promote the best ways to deliver emergency care.

Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP